If you’re a parent, you’ve heard the following: But Mom! But Dad! This phrase is usually accompanied by an annoying whine 🙂 and often followed with reasons of why we want or deserve something.
This month’s post, is an interesting one to write about. But God. Two words that are often thrown into a sentence without a care. Two very powerful words that when we come to understand them, will transform our life and save our soul.
The grace of God is encompassed in this phrase and when I think about my life before Christ, it causes me to really understand why grace is so amazing.
Ephesian 2: 1-10:
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
As I read this passage, “But God” , is preceded by disobedience, rebellion, hopelessness, darkness and death. As I reflect on my life over the years, those disobedient, rebellious thoughts and actions preceding “But God” are too numerous to count.
When I thought I was smarter…
When I listened to the wrong people, things…
When I decided I was in charge of my life…
When I wanted it now…
However, when we read in Scripture the words following “But God”, we find the rewards of trusting and obeying, hope, light, and life. We find God intervening, which brings grace, righteousness, freedom and justice. So…
When I thought I was smarter, But God… “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isa. 55:8-9
When I listened to the wrong people, But God….“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked” Ps. 1:1
When I decided I was in charge of my life, But God….“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Ps. 37:23-24
When I wanted it now, But God…..”Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desire” Ps. 37:4
Not only did He save me when I didn’t deserve or could do nothing to earn it, He continues to “…show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us(me) in Christ Jesus.”
What is your “But God” moment?